Sunday Miscellany

    Sunday, 9.10 - 10am


    Sunday 22nd November

    Podcast: Sunday 22 November, 2015

    New short essays: In the Beginning by John F. Deane: Last Thing a poem by John Conroy; Phenomenal Frozen by Caroline Carey Finn; Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, 1910-2003, Carlow’s Bedouin by Kevin McDermott; Sunday in Meath a poem by Gerard Smyth; The Weather Forecast by Mary O’Malley; Desktop a poem by Paddy Bushe

    Sunday 15th November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 November 2015

    New short essays: What it Takes a poem by Jane Clarke; She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain by Lourdes Mackey; Ringworm by Cyril Kelly; Casualty a poem by James Harpur; October a poem by Katie Donovan; A Visit to Luján by Val O’Donnell; Town Versus Country by Pádraig McGinn

    Sunday 8th November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 November

    New short essays: Winter Heroes a poem by Katie Donovan; Spruce Goose by Breda Reid; The Last Irish Wolf by John MacKenna; My Grandmother, the Tailoress by Catherine Foley; George Moore, Irish Writer in Paris by Eamon Maher; Travelling a line. Knowing a Place by Jason Oakley

    Sunday 1st November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 November 2015

    Recorded in Ballyshannon as part of the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2015. Written contributions:Mission Sunday by Olive Travers; No Pension Plan Blues by Little John Nee; Evangelists by Mary O’Donnell; A Fiddler’s Farewell by Martin McGinley; The Path that led me to storytelling by Joe Brennan

    Sunday 25th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 25 October 2015

    Recorded as part of the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2015: Written contributions by: What Emily Wore By Nuala Ní Chonchúir; The Ballyshannon Born Bluesman by Dave McHugh; An Culaith Úr a poem by Colette Ní Ghallchóir; In Times of Boybands by Denise Blake; From Glenties to Fall River by Frank Galligan

    Sunday 18th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 October 2015

    New short essays: Myth a poem by Grace Wells; Conflicting Loyalties by Val O’Donnell; The Arrival of Minalouche by Mary O’Malley; Famine Feminism by Áine Ryan; The Trimmings by John Mac Kenna; Leaving a poem by Grace Wells

    Sunday 11th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 October 2015

    New short essays: Not Stuck for Words by Alan Titley; 41 Michael Street, Kilkenny a poem by Angela Keogh; Cincinnati Alleyways and Japanese Exotica: The Strange Life of Lafcadio Hearn by Emer O’Kelly; Murty’s Wood by Mark Roper; Mental Sketching by Clare Lynch;Picture a poem by John Conroy

    Sunday 4th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 October 2015

    New short essays: An Imperial Flying Visit by Paul Moore; I am a Skype Granny by Maeve Edwards; The Aran Sweater by Michael O’Loughlin; Hissing from the Gallery by Karl O’Neill; Her Own a poem by Jane Clarke; Norris Davidson and Damhsa Árainn by Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

    Sunday 27th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 27 September 2015

    This morning’s selection of new writing was recorded last Sunday at the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna and featured: Autumn and Harvest by Grace Wells; Identity Crisis by Anne Marie Kennedy; Ródaideandrain, a poem by Louis de Paor; Red Books by Noelle Lynskey; Sun Life of Canada by Bernard O’Donoghue

    Sunday 20th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 20 September 2015

    New short essays: Sive, Dad and Me by Brendan Daly: The Festival Diary by Bernard Farrell; Fisherman Footballer by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh; Hill Dwellers by John O’Donnell; In the Beginning there were rumours by Cyril Kelly

    Sunday 13th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 13 September 2015

    New Short Essays:A Different Kiss by Alan Kealy; Break a poem by Enda Coyle Greene; Jam by A.M. Cousins;An Irish Nabob by Cathleen Brindley;The Return of the Migrants by Maurice Cashell; The Boys from Bagnalstown by Catherine Foley

    Sunday 6th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 6 September 2015

    New short essays: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina by Maureen Fitzpatrick; When Hurling Was a Crime by Gerry Moran; Gaillimh Abú by Mary O’Malley (from the archives); Cusack’s Stand by Alan Titley; 1979 by Clayton O’Driscoll

    Sunday 30th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 30 August, 2015

    New short essays: The Pre-electric picnic by Pat Boran; Boarding School Payphone a poem by James Harpur; Gallipoli’s Long Shadow by Dorcha Lee; That Summer of Rain by Enda Coyle-Greene; The First Day by A. M. Cousins; Exploring Fair Head by John Horgan

    Sunday 23rd August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 23 August 2015

    New short essays: The Lord Mayor of Ireland by Trevor White; Following the Eruption by Maurice Cashell; Sunday's in Bastardstown by AM Cousins; Luck Penny by Leo Cullen; Cruising Altitude a poem by Sara Berkeley; Freney the Highwayman by Gerry Moran

    Sunday 16th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 16 August 2015

    New short essays: Ellen Hutchins, Botanist by Sean Moffatt; Birds on her Window by Iva Beranek;The Carnival Girls by Frances Browner; Horace Pink by Martin Malone; How I became an African chief by Larry McCluskey

    Sunday 9th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 9 August 2015

    New short essays: The Yeats Centenary 1965 by Stella Mew; Paper Cranes and Cherry Blossoms by Tom Ryan; Miss Yell by Alice Lyons; Roses by Mae Leonard; Summer Table a poem by John Mac Kenna; Sharkbait a poem by Sara Berkeley

    Sunday 2nd August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 2 August 2015

    Recorded in Drumcliff Church, Sligo as part of Tread Softly 2015. Contributors: The Wandering Childhood of WB Yeats by Brian Leyden; The Extra Second a poem by Rita Ann Higgins; Sitting down to breakfast with Yeats by Meg Harper; Mullagh na Sidhe by Joe McGowan; My Travels with WB by Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s ambassador to Britain

    Sunday 26th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 July 2015

    New short essays: Centurian of Clew Bay by Áine Ryan; Strange Fruit by Bert Wright; Psychopomp a poem by Michael O’Loughlin; Baby Things by Pauline Bosch; Irish Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Michael Fewer; Graonlannaigh - Greenlanders a poem by Gabriel Rosenstock

    Sunday 19th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 19 July 2015

    New short essays: From the Barrow to the Big Horn by John Martin; Woodstown 1935 a poem by Michael Fewer; A dog has died by Mary O’Donnell; I told nobody I was coming by John Horgan; Fly-tying by John F Deane; The House of Silence a poem by Eleanor Hooker; Where have all the whistlers gone? by Brendan Landers

    Sunday 12th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 12 July 2015

    Marking the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Arigna coal mines July 1990. Contributors: The Arigna Mining Experience by Brian Leyden; Life between Eastersnow and Sliabh an Iarainn by Caroline Wynne; My Life in Power by Charlie McGettigan; Miner for a Heart of Gold Yvonne Woods; Dust on the Lung, Striking a Seam of Memory by Vincent Woods

    Sunday 5th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 5 July 2015

    New short essays: The Road to Milltown Malbay by Jimmy O’Brien Moran; Bumper Cars and Model T’s by Caroline Carey Finn; The Raft of the Medusa by Joe Kearney; Lough Ree Islands a poem by Noel Monahan; The Red Haired Friar of Scariff by Vivien Igoe; The Rolling Wave a poem by Paddy Bushe

    Sunday 28th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 June 2015

    New short essays: From the Margins by Colette Olney; Skippy and the Swedes by Tom Rowley; Mozart’s Libertine Friend Lorenzo by Emer O’Kelly; Summer of ‘59 by Bert Wright; Daddy, Matthew and the Dog Called Spooky a poem by John W. Sexton; Fr. Michael O’Flanagan and the Cloonerco Bog Incident’s 100th anniversary by Joe McGowan

    Sunday 21st June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 21 June 2015

    New short essays: My Father’s Hands a poem by Denise Blake; Alligator Days by Fred Johnston; Wellington, Trim and Waterloo by Pat Dunne; Deer Message by Olive Travers; Best Men on the Job by Pat Boran; Lavinia’s Necklace a poem by Brigid O’Connor

    Sunday 14th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 14 June 2015

    New short essays: In my Bethel of Solyman’s...Joyce and the Volta by Declan Collinge; On Showing The Dead at Villanova a poem by Mary O’Malley; Creating Love’s Old Sweet Song by Val O’Donnell; Lucia by Karen Ardiff; Bel Canto by Leo Cullen

    Sunday 7th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 7 June 2015

    New short essays: Peggy Guggenheim’s Palazzo by Mary O’Donnell; Cathedral a poem by Noel Monahan; Magna Carta by James Lawless; An Emperor Dragonfly by Mark Roper; A Special Visitor by Jason Murphy; Nudes by Catherine Foley

    Sunday 31st May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 31 May 2015

    New short essays: Jude the Obscure by John MacKenna; Caitlín Maude- a reflection by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; Mushrooms by Michael O’Loughlin; The Power of Now by Kate Kerrigan; The Bronte Parsonage by Cyril Kelly; The Last Summer Term a poem by James Harpur

    Sunday 24th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 24 May 2015

    New short essays: The Quiet Man by Bernard Farrell; A Beautifully Constructed Revenge, Perhaps by Annie Dinner; Reading the Chambers Dictionary by Rosita Boland; The Birds by Pat Dunne; Sunshower a poem by Lys Browne; John B. Keane and the haunting of Listowel by Emer O’Kelly

    Sunday 17th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 May 2015

    New short essays: Attic a poem by Jessica Traynor; Naturalisation - the Hard Way by Robin Mosse; A Love of Gargoyles by Judith Mok; Ruby Slippers and Yellow Ducks by Joe Kearney; A Long Walk for Love by Frances Browner; Little Bursts of Happiness by Kate Kerrigan

    Sunday 10th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 May 2015

    Recorded in St. Thomas’s Church on Achill Island as part of Heinrich Boll Memorial. New writing included: Heinrich Boll by John F. Deane; Road Map by Mary O’Malley; The Last Move by Anne Shannon; The Prophet in the Wilderness by Kevin Toolis; The Indians of North Mayo by Mike McCormack

    Sunday 3rd May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 May 2015

    New short essays: Remembering RMS Lusitania by Colette Olney; The League Hurling final by Leo Cullen;May Morning Songs by Catherine Ann Cullen; Oisín by Cyril Kelly; The Man Who Saw the Lusitania Go Down by Rosita Boland

    Sunday 26th April

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 April 2015

    New short essays: Perfume by Rosaleen MacDonagh, read on her behalf by her friend Ronnie Fay; The Petit Trianon by Michael O’Loughlin; Coumshingaun by Mark Roper; arling Business by Catherine Foley; Gallipoli by Brendan Daly

    Sunday 19th April

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 19 April, 2015

    New short essays: Joy a poem by Frances Cotter; My Friend, my Friend by Cyril Kelly; The Black Sock Incident by Kate Kerrigan; The Musée Rodin, Paris and the Burghers of Calais by Paul Ryan; Mrs. Jeffries- Ballad Singer by A. M. Cousins; The Field at 50 by Billy Keane

    Sunday 12th April

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 12 April 2015

    This programme was recorded in the Peacock Theatre on Easter Monday as part of RTE's Road to the Rising: Contributors include: Plays and Players by Bernard Farrell; The Toffee Hammer My Father Wore by Henrietta McKervey; The Laughing Boy by Jack Harte; River Thoughts by Christine Dwyer Hickey; Leslie Price de Barra by Liz Gillis

    Sunday 5th April

    Podcast: Easter Sunday Miscellany 5 April 2015

    New short essays: A Passion for Eggs by Judith Mok; Self-Portrait by John F. Deane; Hidden History by James Lawless; Easter in Baghdad by Betty Nunan; So this is the way to Amarillo by Maureen White

    Sunday 29th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 29 March 2015

    New short essays:Still Life a poem by John F. Deane; Dan O’Connell and John Elliott by Christopher Fitzsimon; Fr. Mathew by Colette Sheridan; Moving House a poem by Denise Blake; Changing Times by Pat Dunne; Ile de la Cité a poem by Catherine Phil McCarthy; John McGahern in the Springtime’ by Eamon Maher

    Sunday 22nd March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 March 2015

    New short essays: Photographer a poem by John Mac Kenna; The Shooting of the Admiral by Alannah Hopkin; In Praise of Peppa by Declan Collinge; The Wheel of the Wagon by Bernard Farrell; Two Blaneys by Evelyn Conlon; The Tap of the Hammer by Joe O’Toole

    Tuesday 17th March

    Podcast: St. Patrick's Miscellany 17 March 2015

    New short essays: Lá Fhéile Pádraig , a poem by Catherine Phil McCarthy; Hell in Paradise by Joe Kearney; Fiachra an t-ealaíontóir by Art Ó Súilleabháin; The Swan’s Song by Catherine Foley; Questions of Folklore by Alan Titley;Pádraig an Bhéaloidis by Cathal Póirtéir; Hawkflight by Mary O’Malley

    Sunday 15th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 March 2015

    New short essays: The Art of Mothering by Mae Leonard; Opalescence by Vawn Corrigan; Two Bookshops by Evelyn Conlon; The Return from the Pole by Maurice Cashell; Sycamore, a poem by Denise Blake; Pirate Princess Weighs Anchor by Áine Ryan

    Sunday 8th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 March 2015

    New writing, marking International Women’s Day: The Kasbah on Quay Street by Gerard Hanberry; Dream Maker by Hedy Gibbons Lynott; Sacraimint an Phíopa a poem by Catherine Foley; The Two Carlows by Evelyn Conlon; The Fifth Marx Brother by Karl O’Neill; Q Shoes by Fidelma Mahon

    Sunday 1st March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 March 2015

    New short essays: Deasghnátha an Earraigh/Rites of Spring, a poem by Declan Collinge: Kafka in Manhattan by Christopher Fitzsimon; The Dragon Slayer by Mae Leonard; Sir William Wilde, Oscar’s Brilliant Father by Gerard Hanberry; An Modh Díreach by Declan Collinge; The Matching of Words by Evelyn Conlon

    Sunday 22nd February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 February 2015

    New short essays: New Year in Paris by Mary O’Malley: Anarchic Octogenarian by Áine Ryan; Caving in to Ancient Times by Chuck Kruger; Ghost Buildings by Michael O’Loughlin; The Last Day a poem by Frances Cotter; Back in the Garden by John MacKenna

    Sunday 15th February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 February 2015

    New short essays: Mr. Hitler and Connemara by Christopher Fitz-Simon; Going to a Dance at a Girls School a poem by James Harpur; Neighbours by Judith Mok; The Black Donnelly’s of 19th century Canada by Sheelagh Conway; How to Marry a Von Trapp by Andrew McKimm; February 1974: Notes from Boarding School a poem by James Harpur

    Sunday 8th February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 February 2015

    New short essays: Dedication by Mary O’Malley; A Sunday Afternoon Walk by Mae Leonard; Two Men Meet on a Bridge by Joe Kearney; Reading my Son by Olive Travers; Live at JJ’s, a poem by Gerard Smyth; Discussing Sufism and Peace in a War Zone by Jack Harte

    Sunday 1st February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 February 2015

    New short essays: Brrr! by Chuck Kruger; Portrait of a Ghost by Fidelma Mahon; Amphibean by Mary O’Donnell; The Tale of a Table by Chris Shouldice; The Lost Bookshop by Brendan Daly; Wind Dogs a poem by Chuck Kruger

    Sunday 25th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 25 January 2015

    New short essays: Encountering John McGahern in the censors’ basement by Jack Harte; The Liffey Ladies Bridges Club by Annette Black; High Summer Gone - a poem by John MacKenna; The Search For Josephine Henrietta McKervey; The Breaking - a poem by Denise Blake; The Nameless Village by Pat Dunne

    Sunday 18th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 January 2015

    New short essays: Pope Francis at 25 to 1 by Cyril Kelly; Light Airs a poem by Eleanor Hooker; Tayto Crisps and Maple Syrup by Denise Blake; Wings over Weston by Andy Jones; Leaving Dover a poem by Gerard Smyth; Coincidence by Judith Mok

    Sunday 11th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 January 2015

    New short essays: January Rises a poem by Nigel Quinlan; Suiting Up by Olive Travers; The Voyage by Patrick Semple; Uileann a poem by Mary O’Malley;The Last Neanderthal by Louise Lyons; An Emigrant’s Trail by Cyril McHale

    Sunday 4th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 January 2015

    New short essays: January, a poem by Declan Collinge; Seamus Murphy- Sculptor by Colette Sheridan; The Image of Brigid by A.M.Cousins; The New Year Resolution by John Allen; Lament for the Cattlejobber’s daughter, a poem Ger Reidy; Istanbul by Roslyn Dee

    Sunday 28th December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 December 2014

    New short essays: Forest, Snow, a train a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Graveyard by Catherine Foley; Sheldon Walshe’s Ass by Joe Kearney; Living a poem by Eleanor Hooker; Room, room, room for Mummer’s Rhymes by Olive Travers; Blond Cassidy by Alan Titley

    Thursday 25th December

    Christmas Miscellany 25 December 2014

    Christmas Miscellany - a collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The spoken word pieces were; Foreshore by Donal Ryan; The Queen of Gallilee by Mary O’Malley; Christmas in the Highlands by Nuala Ní Chonchúir; Music of the Spheres by John F. Deane; Return from Antarctica by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh; The Beaumont Mafia by Anthony Glavin

    Sunday 21st December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 21 December 2014

    Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas with the RTE Concert Orchestra: The spoken word pieces were: Josie on Grafton Street, Christmas 1961 by Enda Coyle Greene; Up in Smoke by Pat Boran; Enemy, Death and a Christmas Tree by Mary Morrissy; The Happy Ghosts of Christmas Past by John MacKenna

    Sunday 14th December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 14 December 2014

    New Short Essays: The Three Dark Kings by Máiríde Woods; Your Own Front Door by Joe Kearney; Lull/Suaimhneas a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; A Place to Call Home by Adrienne Czerwin Abbott; The Darkest Morning in December by A.M. Cousins; Bosun by Hilary Fannin

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